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Missouri Children’s Division grapple with 80% turnover rate among welfare workers

Missouri has about an 80% turnover rate among child welfare workers on the front lines handling child abuse and neglect cases. They are the ones out there investigating the 60,000 reports made each year through the state’s child abuse and neglect hotline. They are also handling the cases involving the roughly 13,700 foster kids in […]

Foster Care

Audio: Missouri legislator wants more accelerated training sessions for prospective foster parents

State Representative Hannah Kelly wants Missouri to recruit additional foster parents by holding more accelerated training sessions. During a hearing Monday at the state Capitol, Kelly, a Republican of south-central Missouri’s Mountain Grove, says she knows of many other adults aspiring to foster but the length of training is a barrier.     Kelly chairs […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri House Speaker says Medicaid expansion would “Blow Hole” in state budget

The Missouri House Speaker and House Democrats view the issue of Medicaid expansion differently. GOP Speaker Elijah Haahr of Springfield says Medicaid expansion would hurt education, by taking dollars out of the classroom.     Statistics provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) show the number of Missourians on Medicaid has dropped from […]

Ashley Ewing

Wright Memorial Hospital launches Oncology Nurse Navigator program

Wright Memorial Hospital recently launched a new program that will provide an oncology nurse navigator dedicated to easing the physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial hardships of living with and beyond cancer. The program is being funded in part by the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation. The program will center around an on-staff oncology nurse navigator whose […]

Medicaid

Audio: 120,000 Missourians no longer on Medicaid but state’s Medicaid costs continue to climb

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade says 120,000 Missourians, including about 95,000 children, have reportedly been removed from Medicaid since January 2018. State Representative David Wood, who chairs a budget committee involving Social Services, says the number of Missourians on state healthcare has declined, but the state’s Medicaid costs continue to climb.     Wood thinks […]

Medicaid

Audio: Missouri legislator says previous ACA requirement is main culprit for major decline in Medicaid figures

House Minority Leader Crystal Quade of Springfield says 120,000 Missourians, including about 95,000 children, have been removed from Medicaid since January 2018. State Representative David Wood, who chairs a budget committee involving Social Services, says he’s been following the reduction for months. He thinks the dip in numbers is largely tied to the Affordable Care […]

Trenton R-9 School District

Trenton Board of Education approves budget for 2019-2020 school year

The Trenton R-9 Board of Education approved the 2019-2020 budget at a special meeting Wednesday morning. The budget projects revenues of $19,702,468 and expenditures of $17,921,878 leaving a projected surplus of $1,780,590. The district’s fund balance is 27.48%. The board approved the actualization of revenues and expenditures for 2018-2019. This involved transferring $902,156.25 from the […]

Disaster Declaration

Missouri requests second federal disaster declaration this year in response to flooding and tornadoes

Acting on behalf of Governor Mike Parson, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe requested that President Donald Trump issue a major disaster declaration to assist residents and businesses in 41 Missouri counties that have been hard hit by flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms beginning on April 29 and continuing throughout the spring. “Historic long-term flooding continues to devastate families, businesses, […]

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Report provides recommendations for improving safety and quality in child care

The Child Care Working Group, comprised of leadership from the Missouri Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Social Services, Elementary and Secondary Education, Public Safety and the Attorney General’s Office has submitted a report to Governor Mike Parson detailing recommendations for enhancing Missouri’s early childhood care and education system in effort to support Missouri’s current and future workforce. Governor Parson announced the […]

Audio: Hotline aims to help Missouri federal workers impacted by government shutdown

The 24-hour Help-Me-Hotline is serving as a resource for Missourians impacted by the federal government shutdown. Penny Adams with the AFL-CIO Community Services Agency in northwest Missouri’s St. Joseph says furloughed workers in need of social services and questions about the availability of public benefits can call.     Penny Adams with the AFL-CIO Community […]

Youth Leadership

Professionals and Leaders Uniting Grundy County to offer training

Professionals and Leaders Uniting Grundy County, known by the acronym PLUG, began as a grassroots-networking group to encourage and support young professionals in the area. Over the past year, PLUG has evolved into a local group working to improve the business and residential community culture with the intention of making Grundy County “an appealing place […]